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France, who were vying to become the first team since Brazil in 1962 to win successive World Cups, have moved up a place to third.
Years of economic crisis weighs heavily on the daily lives of people in a country where some 40 percent live in poverty as inflation and depreciating currency have decimated people's savings
"Crowned with glory," read a banner on a newspaper kiosk in Buenos Aires, while Clarin and La Prensa dailies both sent a huge "Thank you" to Lionel Messi and his team-mates for winning the country's third world title, and first in 36 years.
Argentina defeated France 4-2 in the penalty shootout after the two sides finished level at 3-3 at the end of extra time, helping Lionel Messi end his long wait for a World Cup victory
"I'm enjoying it with all these people (fans in Qatar) and all the Argentines that are in our country," Lionel Messi said.
Lautaro Martinez was on the teamsheet for Argentina's first two FIFA World Cup group games in Qatar.
Lionel Messi's goal meant he tied fellow Argentine icon, the late Diego Maradona, on eight goals and 21 appearances at the World Cup for Argentina.
Argentina will play a final friendly on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi against the UAE as Lionel Messi focusses on his team finding rhythm ahead of the group opener against Saudi Arabia on 22 November.
Captain Lionel Messi will lead the squad in Qatar at his fifth and probably last World Cup.
Lionel Messi's Argentina enter the FIFA World Cup group stages on the back of on a 35-match unbeaten streak in the qualifying stages.
The European and South American governing bodies released a joint statement saying the game was planned "during the international window in June 2022 at a venue to be confirmed."
FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Argentina cruise past 10-man Venezuela, depleted Brazil stay perfect
Argentina travel to Brazil on Sunday in a repeat of July's Copa America final, which they won 1-0 to end a 28-year wait for a major trophy.
Argentine media reels at 'bombshell' Lionel Messi news, call it 'end of an era in history of football'
Less than a month after the six-time Ballon d'Or winner inspired his country to end their 27-year wait for a major international title in a 1-0 Copa America final victory over arch rivals Brazil, Messi's homeland was left stupefied.
The winner could ultimately go on to top the group and avoid an early knockout-stage meeting with defending champion Brazil, which is in Group B.
The draw leaves Argentina a point behind Brazil, the only remaining side with a perfect qualifying record, who host Ecuador on Friday.
Maradona, who was 60, died of a heart attack just weeks after undergoing brain surgery on a blood clot.
Diego Maradona's most famous goals came within four minutes of each other on 22 June, 1986 in Mexico: one was voted Goal of the Century. The other one is even more famous.
The draw at La Bombonera stadium puts Argentina on the top of the standings with seven points from three matches, but Brazil — on six — could move ahead with a home win over 9th-place Venezuela on Friday.
Maradona, 60, underwent surgery last Tuesday to remove a clot lodged between his brain and skull.
FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Neymar hat-trick powers Brazil to victory over Peru; Argentina edge Bolivia
Peru twice took the lead through Andre Carrillo and a heavily deflected strike from Renato Tapia, but two controversial Neymar penalties, an injury time third and a close range strike from Richarlison maintained the Selecao's winning start to qualifying for Qatar 2022.